This unit provides an in-depth study of Paul’s letters to the Philippians and the Second Letter to the Corinthians. The study of the letters will focus on the theological and rhetorical resources used by Paul for the purpose of nurturing churches that understand and take up their vocation in the world. Particular attention will therefore be paid to Paul’s key theological convictions (gospel), his construal of the social identity of his audiences (church), and his persuasive aims in each of the letters in relation to the church’s mission (world). The unit will also consider Paul’s self-portrayal with a view to exploring the understanding of Christian ministry offered within the letters.

Unit Code: BN2109P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of missiological hermeneutics in relation to early Christian texts, especially the letters of Paul.


Describe key aspects of Philippians and 2 Corinthians in the light of critical scholarship


Discuss, with exegetical support, the nature of Paul’s argument and theology in Philippians and 2 Corinthians


Critically assess sections in Philippians and 2 Corinthians which explore the relationship between theological conviction, ecclesial identity, and missional practice.

Unit sequence

15 points of New Testament Study

Prohibited combinations: BN3110: Gospel, Church and World: Mission and Ministry in Philippians and 2 Corinthians (Greek Texts)


Lectures, Group work, Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Online Tutorial Participation (500 words)

0 20.0

2000 word essay on Philippians

0 40.0

2000 word essay on 2 Corinthians

0 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-20 11:48:17 +1100